COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Paul Stamm, 97, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Waldron, Michigan, quickly and peacefully went to his heavenly home on January 27, 2013.
He was born on December 14, 1915, the fourth child and first son of Gustav and Priscilla (Stuckey) Stamm, near Archbold, Ohio. He married Delilah Birky on April 20, 1945, and she preceded him in death on November 18, 2004.
A farmer at heart, he also enjoyed his working years in the construction industry, building many homes in the Archbold, Ohio, area with Riegsecker Brothers Building Company. He pulled his final building permit at age 80 to build an addition onto his winter home in Bradenton, Florida. He also thoroughly enjoyed the years he spent with his brother, Harold, as a partner of Stamm Brothers Gravel Company near Adrian, Michigan, processing and hauling gravel and branching out into excavation work, until his retirement somewhere around the age of 78.
He was a lifelong member of Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker, and was its oldest member at the time of his death. He enjoyed receiving the Lockport Bulletin each week and prayed daily for its ministries. He loved his Lord, he loved his church, and he loved the many opportunities he had to serve others in various capacities, wherever he saw a need.
He is survived by five children, Ina Bird, Bonnie (Loren) Gingerich, Nancy Hall (fiancé Gilbert Swalley), Ron Stamm and Barb Stamm; 12 grandchildren, Nathan (Caity) Bird, Joshua Bird, Angela Bird, Rachel Bird, Laura Hall, Crystal Ramirez, Douglas (Kendyl) Hall, Jennifer Gearig, Jeremy (Stephanie) Gearig, Gabriel (Samantha) Stamm, Danielle Lowery and Andrew (Christina) Lowery; 17 great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Breanna, Kendra Reasor, Vanessa DeArcia, Malaki Hall, Naomi and Adreanna Ramirez, Leigha, Zarik and Trevyn Hall, Bryn Gearig, Gabriel Caleb Paul, Carol Ann and Anna Kay Gracie Stamm, Hailey Lowery, Aubree Marie Radcliff and Elizabeth Lowery; two brothers, Harold and Duane (Betty); three sisters, Geneva (Luther) Shetler, Zelma Kauffman and Grace Eicher; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Jesse and Marge Liechty, John and Edith King, and Eldon and Jan Birky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sisters and their husbands, Beulah and Claire Stockburger, Irma and Virgil Short, Wilma and Glen Roth; one brother and his wife, Denver and Jeanne Stamm; three sisters-in-law, Vesta Stamm, Carol Stamm and Mary Short; and two brothers-in-law, Morris Kauffman and James Eicher.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Lockport Mennonite Church with Pastors Ned Wyse and Steven Heatwole officiating. Interment will precede in the Lockport Cemetery. Friends may call at Short Funeral Home in Archbold from 2-7 p.m. Saturday.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Lockport Mennonite Church, 09269 21N, Stryker, Ohio 43557; Gideons International; or to the donor's favorite charity. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.